CHICAGO -- Two men with physical disabilities are suing their apartment complex and its management team for allegedly making their lives miserable after the men complained about inaccessible areas of the complex.
Christopher Stoller, as agent of Leo Stoller, 63, and Michael Stoller, 23, filed a complaint on July 13 in Cook County Circuit Court against CJE Senior Life, Linda Kaplan, director of housing, Marina Karmanova, Jarvis building manager, lawyer Marvin Husby, Jewish United Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and several unknown officers, directors, attorneys and agents.
Leo and Michael Stoller are both disabled and have lived at CJE's complex since May 2011.
According to the lawsuit, the two have been "subjected to discrimination," and "unlawfully deprived of using the common areas of the apartment complex which include the TV room, the community room and the laundry room on direct orders of defendant Linda Kaplan."
No matter how much they've complained, the inaccessibility of the areas continues, the lawsuit states; in fact, the plaintiffs allege that defendants have harassed them by allegedly lying about them barring the exterminator from their apartment, keeping an unclean apartment and refusal to replace one of the plaintiff's electronic access card.
The plaintiffs allege that they let the exterminator in, that Catholic Charities provides a cleaning service for them, and that management has threatened to terminate their lease.
The plaintiffs seek damages of more than $1.5 million, plus costs.
The plaintiffs are self-represented.
Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007092.